Trailgate Party: Celebrating Water Trails


Celebrate spring trail season at a trailgate party honoring water trails on Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m. at the Conservation Center at McFarland Park, 56461 180th St., Ames. Dr. Elizabeth Andre, associate professor of outdoor education at Northland College, an ISU alumni and an Ames native, will share the history of rivers as highways before roads. Hear about a trip she led through multiple watersheds with Northland College students and get updates on Story County trails. This program is free, and registration is not required.


Dutch Oven Cooking Basics


Sensational cooking is not just done in the kitchen! Discover the delicious world of Dutch oven cooking in the outdoors during a class on Wednesday, April 24, at 5 p.m. at the Conservation Center at McFarland Park. Learn the basics while working in small groups to prepare a variety of dishes. The class will explore diverse recipes covering breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Enjoy a community meal after trying your hand at baking with fire. This program is intended for ages 16 and up. A fee of $10 with registration is required by Friday, April 19. To register, call (515) 232-2516 or email conservation@storycountyiowa.gov.


Smartphone Photography 101


Want to get the most out of your phone’s camera? Join Story County Conservation in the hands-on program while Lisa Hovis, owner of PhotoSynthesis in Ames, tells you everything you need to know! The class will be held Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m. Members of the class will practice their new-found skills on the wildflowers blooming in the woods at McFarland Park. Bring your phone and be dressed to head outside! This program is intended for ages 16 and up. A fee of $5 with registration is required by Wednesday, April 24. To register, call (515) 232-2516 or email conservation@storycountyiowa.gov.